The Inaugural Meeting of the Chichester Camera Club was held on 18th August 1949 at 7.15 in the studio of Messrs Howard and Son, Eastgate Square to decide whether or not a Photographic Club should be formed in Chichester.
In view of him having initiated the enquires it was unanimously decided that Mr JEJ Morgan should preside at the meeting and a provisional committee of three other persons (Messrs Crisford, Almgill and Strong) was appointed to make such enquires as would be necessary in order to find a place for the next General Meeting and after discussion it was agreed that the committee should draw up a set of rules for a presentation at the next meeting.
The following points were raised and decisions taken.
1 That a club should be formed, its title to be The Chichester Camera Club.
2 There should be an appeal for more members, this to be directed through
a) Present members individual reccomdations
b) The local press
c) Show material displayed in local photographic dealers premises and art centres.
3 That enquiries should be made in order to obtain a premises for the meeting of the club-such meetings for the present to be fortnightly and the next provisionally, to be held at 46 East Street. (now Crispins Cafe)
4 A vote of thanks to be given to Mr Howard for kindly supplying the accommodation for the first meeting of the club
As we approach the latter part of the summer I hope we are all eagerly awaiting the new camera club season.
It would make my job as Membership Secretary so much easier if we could have all subscriptions paid before the first meeting so that I don’t need to be chasing people up. As a reminder the new subscription is £61 for this year.
So far less than half the membership have paid and I would be extremely grateful if anyone who is not intending to renew his/her membership lets me know as soon as possible.
Details of how to pay were sent out earlier in the summer; payment by bank transfer, cheque sent to me or cash to David Harris or myself is acceptable. If you have lost the bank details then please contact me.
An Ordinary Meeting of the Chichester Photographic Society took place on July 14th 1896 at St Martins Hall.
Mr JH Vinnall was in the Chair. Other members attending were ST Smith, E Thorp, GM Turnbull, E Hollebone, FB Tompkins, J Harkson and E Anthony.
Eight prints were submitted for the monthly competition for the Challenge Medal. In the ballot 4 members received 2 votes each so the prints were sent to the President for his casting vote which went to Mr Turnbull who was presented with the Challenge Medal for the month.
Mr Tompkins then gave a talk on Landscape photography.
Afterwards the members went on a boat trip from the Canal Basin to Birdham. There was a stop at Donnington where several exposures were made. By the time the boat reached Birdham there was nothing to do as the tide was out. (nothing changes)
Margret Preece will be leading a photo walk around the pretty village of Amberley on Thursday 23rd August. Margret says:
"Walk around Amberley village (the “pearl of Sussex” according to some guide books).
Suggested start: 7pm
Directions from Chichester: A27, A29, B2139. Drive past Amberley railway station and Amberley Museum (on the right). One mile further along the road turn left into Amberley village. Park in road (on right hand side only). Meet outside the school which is on the right hand side.
After the walk I suggest the Sportsman pub in Amberley but it will be easier to drive to it."
It’s just two weeks now until our Annual Exhibition opens, with the Pre Exhibition Meeting for Members on Thursday 2nd August (Tangmere Village Centre as usual at 7.30pm) and our Preview Evening on Friday 10th August for all Members, family, friends and our guests, and your help is needed urgently on a number of things. Please see the reminders and requests that follow.
The Exhibition Week –Saturday 11th to Saturday 18th August (not Sunday): Most importantly, we need many, many more stewards over the week of the exhibition, as you can see from the rota here: –
Please let Phil Shaw at email@example.com know which slots you can take on. Phil will also be looking to sign Members up at the Pre Exhibition meeting on Thursday 2nd August, so please bring your diaries so that we can fill the rota up completely.
Exhibition Set Up: Friday 10th August is set up day – John Howes will need volunteers the evening before and on the morning to get all the equipment down to the Assembly Room. Full details form John at the Pre Exhibition meeting. All Members who have work in the exhibition and can be there, should come along to help put up their own prints that morning from 9am.
Card Sales:Members who make greetings cards are very welcome to bring these along for sales during the week of the exhibition. You can leave them on the Friday or drop them in on Saturday.
Preview Evening:Sheila Tester is once again masterminding the excellent buffet we lay on. Please provide finger food, such as cakes and savouries that can be cut into slices, or bite sized items, and ready plated will be very helpful. Bring these along before 7pm to the Assembly Room. The event itself is 7pm for 7.30pm and I’m pleased to say that Walter Benzie, past President of the RPS will be with us again this year, and the Mayor of Chichester, who is our Patron, Cllr Martin Bell is our guest of honour.
Take down – 5pm Saturday 18th August: At the close of the exhibition please come along to collect your prints (you will find some will be retained by the Selection Committee for next season’s external competitions) or arrange for someone else to collect your prints for you. We will also need help in dismantling the exhibition, clearing up the hall and getting all the equipment back to storage.
Finally – a a massive thank you everyone who has been involved in the extensive behind the scenes activity that is required to make our annual exhibition so successful each year and to those of you who have already signed up to help further!
Phil Shaw wants to head East this Friday, 27th July. With the moon rising and sun setting around 20:45 it should be a good evening to catch the Blood Moon if the weather holds up. Phil may wish to head over to Seaford Head/Cuckmere Haven to get a better view with less crowds of people. However, since Brighton can be a fun place to be with your camera I am suggesting people meet at Brighton from 18:30 onwards. This will give time to get a few shots around Brighton, then depending on the conditions it may be better to move on.
If you wish to come please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Phil Shaw (email@example.com). Phil may be able to offer lifts to a couple of people.
Brighton Pride Parade
On the subject of Brighton, Lynne and I plan to go to the Brighton Pride Parade on Saturday August 4th (https://www.brighton-pride.org/pride-parade/), so if you are interested in joining us please contact me.
Rob Campling (firstname.lastname@example.org) is leading a walk around Chichester Allotments on Thursday 9th August at 6pm. Rob needs to know who will be attending and would like to give copies of photos taken on the evening to the City Council.
At the moment there is nothing planned for 2nd August as that is the pre-Exhibition meeting at the club.
Carmel Lynch is going to Lordington Lavender on Wednesday 11th June. If people wish to join her then meet in car park at 9.45 as the gates open at 10am. Early morning session is the least busy time of the day with the least number of people roaming around.
David Abbott is leading a photo walk at East Head at 18:30 on Thursday 12th July. Dave suggests people park between the two village halls on the main road and start the walk through the church graveyard.
(Image David Abbott)
Chichester Allotments 9th August 6pm
(Image Rob Campling)
Looking further ahead Rob Campling is organising a trip to Chichester allotments. Rob has provided the following information:
Place: St Paul’s/Little Breach Allotments. No post code, but PO19 5UA gets you to the turning off St Paul’s Road that leads to Little Breach. The allotment gate is on the left right after the side road (Woodlands Lane) which leads to two schools. It has City Council notices plastered all over the gate.
Parking: On street parking – usually fairly easy at this time.
Meeting: I’ll be waiting at the gate.
Length of stay: An hour or two.
Wrap Up: At the Rainbow Inn from 7.30. A CAMRA pub but no food after c. 7pm
What to see: It’s a large site with upwards of 60 allotments. Everything from the scrupulously tidy to the abandoned, plus hedgerows, trees and a tame fox. Sheds and greenhouses. A couple of chicken runs as well! I’ll make sure the visit is publicised by the City Council so everyone will know the the Club are visting.
Patron: The Right Worshipful Mayor of Chichester. Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Southern Counties Photographic Federation.